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Crowded House — Silent House
Album: Time On Earth
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6.5

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Total ratings: 136









Released: 2007
Length: 5:41
Plays (last 30 days): 0
These walls have eyes
Rows of photographs
With faces like mine
Who do we become
Without knowing where we started from

It's true
I'm missing you
And I stand alone
Inside your room

Everything that you made by hand
Everything that you know by heart

I will try to connect
All the pieces you've left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
I'll remember the years
When your mind was still clear
All the flickering lights
They filled up this silent house

One room
Two beds
In the closet hangs your favourite dress
Good books that you read
Are in pieces now
The pages are shredded

Everything that you made by hand
Everything that you know by heart

I will try to connect
All the pieces you've left
I will carry it on
And let you forget
I'll remember the years
When your mind was still clear
All the flickering lights
That filled up this silent house

Everything that you made by hand
Everything that you know by heart
All the names that you can't recall

I will try to connect
All the pieces you've left
I will carry it on
And let you forget

I'll remember the years
When your mind was still clear
All the flickering lights
That filled up this silent house
Comments (27)add comment
 liser wrote:

Written by Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks fame, about her grandmother.  
 
Just dug out my copy of the Chick's CD... they credit all three of the Chicks and Neil Finn as song writers.

Both versions are very powerful, the distortion on this version is a little annoying though. 

 coolpeople_rule wrote:
Beautifully sad, like life itself sometimes.
 

I agree. Gotta listen to more of these guys someday.
Beautifully sad, like life itself sometimes.
 MsJudi wrote:
Holy cow, those lyrics. This is clearly about Alzheimers.

I don't think I've ever heard it before but it's got me bawling like a baby.
 
Written by Natalie Maines of Dixie Chicks fame, about her grandmother.  
Good sound, will be in the US in July
Nice!
Holy cow, those lyrics. This is clearly about Alzheimers.

I don't think I've ever heard it before but it's got me bawling like a baby.

Pretty good.  I like the distortion, too. ;-)
Their tunes are so hit and miss with me......this one is high and outside. 
perfect timing bill!..i needed to hear neil and this is my favourite song off the album

*distortion is right...bad upload maybe
Perhaps the distortion is an intentional allusive technique that infers the distortion of normal mental function caused by dementia...no!?...I'm thinking too much, right?

spunkyboy62 wrote:

Love this song.  Co-written with the Dixie Chicks.  I agree - too much distortion on the CD too.

sharkey wrote:

Definitely should go back in studio. Was giving it  a low rating 'til I realized it was the distortion that was bugging me
Typically intelligent, wonderful and original. Beautifully, superbly quirky a la NZ!
 spunkyboy62 wrote:

Love this song.  Co-written with the Dixie Chicks.  I agree - too much distortion on the CD too.

 

In my mind the Chicks' version is better than this.

More generally, I don't know why the Chicks don't get played on RP.  They are absolutely great.
 spunkyboy62 wrote:

Love this song.  Co-written with the Dixie Chicks.  I agree - too much distortion on the CD too.

 

Definitely should go back in studio. Was giving it  a low rating 'til I realized it was the distortion that was bugging me.
Wow, that was beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes, and I don't even know anyone (living) with Alzheimer's.
 philinnz wrote:
I will hear it a couple more times before I give it a rating. Coming over very buzzy
 
Love this song.  Co-written with the Dixie Chicks.  I agree - too much distortion on the CD too.

I take care of an Alzheimer's patient part-time - this song is heartbreakingly true.  He's a veteran of three wars, has traveled the world over several times, raised four beautiful children and now he can't remember how to tie his shoes.  It's very hard to watch, but I bet it's even harder to live.
Hmm I like it.
I will hear it a couple more times before I give it a rating. Coming over very buzzy
this is by far my favourite off this album...thanks bill

i guess my original upload wasn't good enough {#Biggrin}
tputkey wrote:
considering that crowded house hasn't released anything in a long time, this song isn't that great. Pales in comparison to Don't Dream Its Over.
I think it is actually better. Needs time tho.
considering that crowded house hasn't released anything in a long time, this song isn't that great. Pales in comparison to Don't Dream Its Over.
This was the song that Lexie talked about, drawing attention to the lyrics.. singing about someone with Alzheimers/dementia gets me by the jugular. :ask: somehow the sound quality seems pretty poor.. let me go check against the original.. hmm.. that distortion is there in the original too but feels a bit, well, cleaner. :doh:
misterimpatient wrote:
I like this version...maybe better than the Dixie Chicks. Maybe...time will tell.
F*cking Hell, I hope you're joking! :naughty:
I like this version...maybe better than the Dixie Chicks. Maybe...time will tell.
Leslie wrote:
Very nice.
Yes, very nice. Enjoyable.
Very nice.